Temple doc launches wound care association

Sunday, March 31, 2002

PHILADELPHIA - A Temple University Hospital podiatrist has founded a new professional medical organization called the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Steven R. Kravitz, assistant professor at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, said the association's mission is to bring together physician specialists, nurses and allied health providers to decrease wound complications, accelerate healing and preserve lower-limb function, the Philadelphia Business Journal Reported last month.
Providers await new fees for ostomy supplies
WASHINGTON - CMS was expected to release fee schedules for 20 new ostomy codes April 1, according to Linda Aukett, chairwoman of government affairs for the Irvine, Calif.-based United Ostomy Association (UOA). Industry sources say it's anyone's guess what CMS will come up with for reimbursement. CMS claims assignment rates have remained steady over the past five years; the UOA claims HME suppliers are not only refusing to take assignment but they're taking ostomy supplies off their shelves left and right. The UOA has been working closely with CMS in developing the updated fee schedules.
Essentially Women pitches tradeshow

OXFORD, Mich. - Healthcare attorney Cara Bachenheimer will present an industry update to Essentially Women members at the buying group's Focus On The Future 2002. The second annual educational program and tradeshow will take place on Wednesday, June 12, through Friday, June 14, in Lisle, Ill. Presenters and members will broach topics such as solutions to billing problems, personal and professional development, sales and marketing strategies and financial planning. HME